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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-02-28


Topics Live concert


This show has been commercially released as "Fillmore West 1969: Complete Recordings"

Morning Dew, Good Morning Little School Girl, Doin' That Rag, I'm A King Bee, Turn On Your Love Light Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopment, Dark Star-> Saint Stephen-> The Eleven-> Death Don't Have No Mercy, Alligator-> Drums-> Alligator-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Feedback-> We Bid You Good Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage 16-Track Master Reel> DAT> CD> EAC> SHN, with various patches (see info file)

Notes

16-Track Master Reel> DAT> CD> EAC> SHN, with various patches (see info file); via Charlie Miller, Aoxoa, Seth Kaplan; upload by Darrin Sacks

Reviews

Reviewer: yamarva - - February 26, 2015
Subject: Why not another review, and another 5 stars?
As is most obvious to all the reviewers; this show is hot! Listen and love, the mechanics of artistry are heard here in perfection. This show gives listeners the fullest measure any satisfaction could bestowed upon one’s self. Perfection is relative, and this show is most relative! A great concert to showcase the Dead’s late 60’s psychedelic rock sound, with the obvious blues/jazz rock-a-do transition evolving into form by '74. Never let the music stop!

Obvious high point: Dark Star->St. Stephen->the Eleven

Highest point: GMLS thru King Bee, then followed by a killer 20min TOYL that just rips. This is how these songs should sound, grit and grime mixed with perfect technical execution! Songs specific to an era, RIP Pig –forever young.
Reviewer: DMT - - December 26, 2014
Subject: !
oh yeah!!
Reviewer: Telamonian Ajax - - October 9, 2014
Subject: The last set is tops
I never know what to write in "Title of Review" ... anyway, I recently bought "Fillmore West 1969," which is this show, and I can say that of all the special experiences I've had listening to music -- anything from Bartok's Second String Quartet at Lincoln Center, to a killer "Scheherazade" by Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, to a Queen "News of the World" concert, to McCartney's "Wings Over America" tour, Disc 3 from "FW69" is ... indescribable. How was that for a build-up. Turn out the lights; lie down; press Play. You won't be the same. Scary good.
Reviewer: chris phillips - - June 1, 2014
Subject: one of the best nights
The Other One and The Eleven are mind-boggling.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - - February 28, 2014
Subject: --
The LAMA really should nest reviews and let us old and young 'heads alike have it out on show reviews with a 'reply' button ala IMDB. I mean, really, it would be a lot of fun :)

ANYWAYS, regarding this show, yeah, it's one of the best. The entire Fillmore West run here is invaluable Dead. The Other One suite here is its own City on the Edge of Forever.
Reviewer: ramble_on_baby - - January 28, 2013
Subject: available on Spotify
hey y'all, if you don't already use Spotify it's a great still free (and legal) way to hear lots of commercial recording. the "Fillmore West 1969" has this show
Reviewer: babyblu - - December 7, 2012
Subject: "seriously"
dear CEK , you are assuming i am a ''baby boomer'',i'm not. and yes, the truth hurts, which
is why you have so much to say.
Reviewer: Master David Goodmen - - November 23, 2012
Subject: Zero stars—NOTHING HERE
Sorry dudes, dudettes!
There is nothing here but a misleading page—there are zero—count them, zero!—audio files here.
Reviewer: CEK - - September 24, 2012
Subject: I love that grumpy old man review
Dude, I'm not sure if you're totally like aware of this like dude, but what you said about this vapid generationz and whatnots yo? Said about literally every generation ever.

It's seriously like totally amazing yet like sad that dude bros like yourself throughout history continually are arrogant enough to think that their salad days were the last legitimate vestige of proper thought and culture before everything went downhill.

Sometimes I feel like it's the saddest thing there is. That people can be so incapable of looking at their own generation and the next objectively without wallowing in a pig shit stinking trough of curmudgeonly nostalgia.

It's such a lark coming from a member of a generation whose idealism burned so bright without accomplishing much of anything. Even more sadly hilarious was their inability to give credit to the generation which came before them and what a startling amount they accomplished while wearing suits and working within the system. I can only imagine the horror on a Kerouac's face watching these idiots set the acceptance of progressive ideals back another twenty years while making a laughingstock of everything they claimed to believe in.

Let's not forget who created this vapid consumer culture. Once the acid wore off and you couldn't find any hash to patch your sandals with, you guys took your knowledge of the fact that kids will buy and believe anything and applied it to everyone else younger than you. Vultures. Not sell outs because your ideals were counterfeit to begin with. Whatever the guys with the weed and acid thought yeah man, that's what we think too.

Fucking lemmings.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - - January 21, 2012
Subject: Definitely seriously amazing!
Certainly the strongest finish of the Fillmore run and a candidate for show of the sixties. Dick Latvala said "The best and most exciting G.D. show ever is without a doubt 2/28/69- Fillmore West!!!" I don't know if I'd go that far but its really hard to beat the Other One>Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Death Don't>Alligator>Drums>Caution>Feedback>We Bid You Goodnight jam sandwich. The Complete Fillmore West recordings are no longer available unfortunately. The Dead organization should make it available in a FLAC download as does King Crimson with many of their shows. Provide the artwork as a download as well and it's a win win situation: the Dead make money without having to store or create inventory and the fans get the music. CDs are so 20th century.
Reviewer: swinnies - - January 1, 2011
Subject: Damn!
So happt i pulled this bwfore the official release its so much better no cut up, this is just an amazing show, 69 is sick, thank you!!!
Reviewer: Islam_sucks - - September 22, 2010
Subject: FLAME POSTER!!
.

Okay all the douche bag dead heads from the 80's to the present probably have no fuckin' clue this poster exists....

http://www.deadlists.com/posters/1960s/19690227.html

I probably shouldn't have told them about it....

never cast pearls before swine....

February 27, 28 and March 1 & 2 at the Fillmore WEST

great poster, if you have an original...

ONE STAR CAUSE ITS NOT HERE...

THIS SHOW SHOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR 'FREE' STREAMING. butitsnot....
Reviewer: whitelightning66 - - August 14, 2010
Subject: The Show!
This is the show that deserves to be played with the most volume. It's not as spiritual as the Harpour show but blows it away with raw power. Wish I had an official copy of this. It is the virtual greatest hits of the Grateful Dead.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - - April 15, 2010
Subject: Best Show of the Year
Well even though you can't get'em here, I really feel this Fillmore run (2/27-3/2) needs my two cents, so here goes:

Gonna have to follow the pack here (as well Mr. Latvala) and call this one tops for the year. (but i'm not so sure about all-time). What we have here is a SOLID first set with a great Morning Dew as well as energetic versions of Lovelight and Doin' that rag (especially lovelight with frenetic leads from JJG).

But the second set IS one of the greatest of ALL TIME. This That's It For the Other One, while certainly not the best of the run, is still a wild ride, and it seuges into a really unique Dark Star. Not the best one of the 4 either, but perhaps the most interesting and adventurous, in a year where a lot of Dark Stars sound the same. Jerry and Bob have some really cool moments. St. Stephen is a little rough, but all is forgiven when they move into The Eleven.

This, imho, is the greatest Eleven of all time. Jerry and Phil are in lock step, interweaving and snaking through an astonishing jam that just never lets up. It is hard to describe.

Perhaps even more incredible is Alligator>Caution, which is just brimming with intensity. The Jam portion of alligator is one of the band's most spontaneous moments ever!

It is SO unfortunate that this is no longer available though...why oh why would they only release a limited number of copies of arguably one of the greatest runs in Dead history? I was lucky enough to obtain a copy, but what about everyone else?? insanity I say!
Reviewer: gphishmon - - January 30, 2010
Subject: What's the point ...
of keeping this show and all the others from this run off the Archive when they're not releasing any more copies of the box set????
Reviewer: bluestones - - November 25, 2009
Subject: It Boggles The Mind
The first set is the "song" set of the Grateful Dead focusing on cover tunes with the exception of Rag. There is a heartbreaking Morning Dew, a killer King Bee, and an orgasmically fascinating Lovelight.
In the second set we have The Other One going into Dark Star which is very unique. That's It For The Other One is right up there with the other ones of the Fillmore run. While 2/27 is a monster, 3/1 is exploratory, and 3/2 is more garage band, 2/28 serves a different purpose. It kind of knocks you around during the fast parts and then serves to hypnotize you during the transition into Dark Star which is played at a very soulful pace. There are no spacey squonks from Garcia or T.C. on this one. Like I said, the transition is very hypnotizing so you actually kind of feel like you're drifting during Dark Star and I'm willing to bet a million bucks that whoever took LSD that night probably had the trip of his or her life. SS/11/DDHNM are good. I think the best SS is 2/27, 11 is 3/1 and DDHNM is 3/2. Sorry to sound so detailed here. I don't know what to say about the Alligator / Caution jams except that they are ferocious on this one. Although my favorite Grateful Dead song is not on here, I would probably choose this show as the single greatest Grateful Dead show of all time.
Reviewer: bumba - - May 11, 2009
Subject: bonus disk
any one have a copy of the bonus disk from the fillmore box set? if so i will get you any soundboard from this site. really any one. just e-mail me at
Reviewer: zvdaniels - - March 5, 2009
Subject: grate night
Truly grate sounds on both ends!

Beginning to end, incredible and relentless. I like the tempo (& change of) in this show.
Reviewer: early 80's meltdown - - April 6, 2006
Subject: no thanks 5877
I'll head the much needed warning from Deadman. Walking.
Reviewer: DEADMAN.WALKING - - April 3, 2006
Subject: Trading with DeadHead5877, Tons of Fun
This guy is a Tard, Lowest of the low! I thought I made a trade with 5877DeadHead. Instead He received my 3 Dead Shows (10 CDs) and for my trouble I received ignored emails. Boy I have just insulted Tards, Doh!! Thanks Chris ! That was a lot of Fun!! What's shocking, I traded tapes for 15 years,up to the early 90's and no problems with 100's of cool head's. Yikes is that how it works nowadays? Gosh I hope not.
Reviewer: DeadHead5877 - - January 29, 2006
Subject: Great Doin' That Rag
Everyone needs to have the Fillmore West BOx Set. If you missed out on getting it, email me and I'll hook you up. BushofArabia87@aol.com
Reviewer: Kola67 - - December 23, 2005
Subject: the Alligator Jam into Caution is Tits
an excellent show start to finish, with a tamer Dark Star than others before and after, but excellent versions of all songs played - for me Doin that Rag and King Bee stand out in the first set. I think the highlight that gives this show it's own place in the spotlight compared to the giants that surround it is the Alligator --> Caution sequence. There is a 15 minute jam in there that simply must be heard.

Also, this might be the best Stephen played of the group as Phil is insane.

After the 3/1/69 show I'd probably rate this one even with 3/2/69 which starts stronger while this one finishes stronger...i disagree with those who rave about this Dark Star, it has a little less purpose than the others.
Reviewer: AugustNine - - March 2, 2005
Subject: Come on...
Don't give it a one star rating just because you can't download it. That has nothing to do with the music.

Here we see the dead navigating through many standard 69 tunes with perfect ease and flawless transitions. The songs themselves are teeming with energy and excitement. If I could have been present at only one Dead show in history, I fell as though this would be it.
Reviewer: johndcoyle - - February 21, 2005
Subject: Help me someone!
I can't get onto this server to download this show. Can get allotehrs, but this one. Can someone help me out! Trade, blanks, etc.

Please email to johndcoyle@gmail.com

Thank you!
Reviewer: darkstarpat - - February 17, 2005
Subject: Legendary
Belongs right up there with the rest of the legendary shows: Cornell, the Field Trip, Rotterdam '72, Valentines Day '70. The first set comes to a thundering conclusion with a powerful Lovelight. The second set, though, is what this show is all about. Thats It for the Other One>Dark Star>St. Stephen>Eleven is amazing as it is. The Eleven from this show is probably the most poweful I've ever heard. The boys aren't finished after that, though. The Alligator>Caution is an absolute show stopper. Amazing show in an amazing 4 show run. February '69 is right up there with Europe '72 and May '77. A must have.
Reviewer: minglewood77 - - February 11, 2005
Subject: Cannot access Server
for this show only
Reviewer: minglewood77 - - February 11, 2005
Subject: Cannot access Server
for this show only
Reviewer: muddy_toes - - January 29, 2005
Subject: BEST SHOW ON TAPE
This is hands down the best show I've ever heard of the guys. Like others here, I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. I don't usually listen to this time period, but this show is just perfection. It has soo many good songs, and awesome version of them. The Dead go INSANE in the last set. GET THIS ONE! IT'S THE ONLY ONE YOU'LL EVER NEED.
Reviewer: herschelkrustofsky - - January 1, 2005
Subject: damn!!!
They pretty much let it all hang out for this show. The setlist is a dream and the sound is full. This is my favorite Eleven. The first time I listened to this Eleven I was lying on my back and got those chills that run up your spine and spread throughout your body. I can think of only one other way to achieve that sensation and since this is a family gathering I will not discuss the other means here.
Reviewer: friscobob - - October 31, 2004
Subject: sonic anomalies
Obviously this is perhaps the single most riveting GD show from start to finish, and what a finish. Equally obvious is the sonic upgrade once the master reels became acessible as compared to the alternate cassette sbd that was circulated many years ago. However, some caveats about this: The master reel has the stereo channels reversed for some reason, they are backwards and should be swapped back around the next time this is uploaded. One can hear this in the patches from the cassette sbd, where the left and right is as it should be. Hart on right, Kreutzmann on left, etc. About the patches, the Lovelight and Dark Star patches can be improved, there is some lag there. The Alligator jam is well patched for time flow, but the pitch is off in the beginning, and a slight pitch adjustment where the Alligator patch comes in would fix that. These are things that would make this wonderful show completely complete.
Reviewer: Susep - - October 15, 2004
Subject: early peak
The Dead definitely had IT going this night. Power Jam is the alltime best Alligator>
Reviewer: bigbird - - October 15, 2004
Subject: typical
This is THE show to download,drop what you`re doing and get it NOW....a true masterpiece.
Reviewer: highriverflowing - - August 20, 2004
Subject: A Musical Sacrament
This truly is a sacred piece of music; the boys were really letting the muse speak. Everytime I listen to this DS/SS/11 I hear new layers. One of the few recordings that will cause me to writhe in Dyonisian ecstasy, especially The Eleven. Unbelievable. I'd give it infinite stars if I could. Best food ever. INGEST IT NOW!!!!
Reviewer: dstunbound - - August 4, 2004
Subject: Dick Latvala said it best...
Dick Latvala - 07:50pm Apr 2, 1997 PDT (#1 of 259)

"Oh yeah, one last thought: The best and most exciting G.D. show ever is without a doubt 2/28/69- Fillmore West!!!"

Dick saying it is the "best" GD show ever, you really can't beat that endorsement.
Reviewer: Stu-pot - - July 11, 2004
Subject: A better Dark Star...
...than 2/27, which I think is way overated, even though it appeared on Live/Dead. The version here is perfect, and the rest of the show frames it beautifully. My favourite show from this era; you have to have it.
Reviewer: corp. klegg - - June 26, 2004
Subject: slack jawed
The playing confounds the senses. I was literaly slack jawed and sweating after disc 3 it's that good.It left me staring into the refrigerator like you do sometimes, not knowing what I'd just heard. The sound is just about studio quality and the playing is lush and layered, glass onions peeling back. GET THIS NOW!!!!!!!!
Reviewer: phleshy - - June 18, 2004
Subject: Sublime
Seriously, could you ask for a better setlist from any year?! It is a virtual "greatest hits" show for the Dead. Where else do you see them play Cryptical >TOO>Cryptical then segue into Dark Star>SS>the 11 then top it off with Alligator>Caution>Feedback, all in the space of one set? Nowhere. Of course, it helps that the Alligator>Caution is one of the best ever played, and that the sound quality is virtually on the level of a studio recording yet still maintaining the atmosphere of a live show. If you don't have this Fillmore West run with this show (even better that 2/27 I think) you don't have a collection.
Reviewer: phleshy - - June 18, 2004
Subject: Sublime
Seriously, could you ask for a better setlist from any year?! It is a virtual "greatest hits" show for the Dead. Where else do you see them play Cryptical >TOO>Cryptical then segue into Dark Star>SS>the 11 then top it off with Alligator>Caution>Feedback, all in the space of one set? Nowhere. Of course, it helps that the Alligator>Caution is one of the best ever played, and that the sound quality is virtually on the level of a studio recording yet still maintaining the atmosphere of a live show. If you don't have this Fillmore West run with this show (even better that 2/27 I think) you don't have a collection.
Reviewer: phleshy - - June 18, 2004
Subject: Sublime
Seriously, could you ask for a better setlist from any year?! It is a virtual "greatest hits" show for the Dead. Where else do you see them play Cryptical >TOO>Cryptical then segue into Dark Star>SS>the 11 then top it off with Alligator>Caution>Feedback, all in the space of one set? Nowhere. Of course, it helps that the Alligator>Caution is one of the best ever played, and that the sound quality is virtually on the level of a studio recording yet still maintaining the atmosphere of a live show. If you don't have this Fillmore West run with this show (even better that 2/27 I think) you don't have a collection.
Reviewer: phleshy - - June 18, 2004
Subject: Sublime
Seriously, could you ask for a better setlist from any year?! It is a virtual "greatest hits" show for the Dead. Where else do you see them play Cryptical >TOO>Cryptical then segue into Dark Star>SS>the 11 then top it off with Alligator>Caution>Feedback, all in the space of one set? Nowhere. Of course, it helps that the Alligator>Caution is one of the best ever played, and that the sound quality is virtually on the level of a studio recording yet still maintaining the atmosphere of a live show. If you don't have this Fillmore West run with this show (even better that 2/27 I think) you don't have a collection.
Reviewer: BillDP - - June 17, 2004
Subject: This One Is Indeed A Beast
Monster show! The Eleven is phenomenal and the Alligator > Drums > Power Jam > Caution > Feedback > And We Bid You Goodnight jam is flawless. Kudos to the Archive for this one!
Reviewer: amellowsoul - - June 12, 2004
Subject: No review yet?
I find it odd that no one has touch this one yet to review. Of the 2/27-3/2 run, I love this monster beast the best. The sound is top-notch as it recorded for the "Live Dead" album, but none of this night was used. Everything is great and very strong. There is not a dull moment here!
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